Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), Penang Island

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Explore the topographic and biological variety of Malaysia at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), 2,562 hectares (6,330 acres) of protected landscape and wildlife. Head down to the beach to meet the crab-eating macaques living there, and pay a visit to the turtle breeding beach nearby. Spot stork-billed kingfishers around the wetlands, and discover the many species living in the mangroves: with six different types of habitat here, the diversity of animal and plant life is extensive. Once you've seen it from the ground, head up to the canopy walkway to gain a different perspective on the park's abundance. To find out how to plan a trip to Penang Island, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Although the road to Monkey Beach is cut off, they don't seem to have much intention of fixing it, as the boats that move you there have a good deal. We made the way to Turtle Beach, which is a route of approximately 1.30 hours, and there we took a boat that left us at Monkey Beach where we could take a nice bath. In Turtle Beach it is forbidden to bathe, although it is a beautiful beach for walking. There is no need to pay a boat in advance. On the beaches regularly go boats to the "hunting" of the tourist who for a price of about 20RMY take you to Monkey Beach, and then to the entrance back. It's a really nice national park for jungle walks, and it gave us the feeling of being uncareful, and you could better maintain the roads and promote it much more.
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  • Visiting Penang National Park is one of Penang's must-sees. We went to Grab and got back by bus,,, has good communications. there are several ways to visit it: walking, boating, etc... we went to Turtle beach walking and then we returned by boat, stopping at Monkey beach; The turtle santario is very sad, but the park great. Very dangerous jellyfish invite you not to use the beach to blow yourself up, but it is worth sure the whole park.
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  • It's a beautiful hike, getting there by bus is really comfortable, remember to bring a lot, a lot of water because there is nothing and in August it was really very sultry despite there being a lot of shade in the forest. The sea is not special, too hot, not particularly clear but I have to say that Monkey Beach was closed and we went to another. Getting there is quite challenging, it is beautiful to walk in the jungle (really few people) and see the nature so lush, certainly on the return we were destroyed! The Turtle Protection Center has very little interest.
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  • Great park with free access. 15.02 - canopy walk doesn’t work. Beautiful jungles, sound-area is mind blowing, a bunch of birds and insects (which you don’t actually see)) make an orchestra. Before main entrance you could meet some food-sellers telling you to buy permission to get in - don’t listen to them, because it’s not true) the one thing - before entering the park you need to register at the information desk. That’s only for your safety. They will also give you a map, so you definitely won’t be lost, although there’s a bunch of readable and big signs in the park. Unfortunately, because of some nature-caused circumstances (like fallen tree or so) the path to the monkey beach (also the canopy walk) was closed, so we walked about 1,5 to the Turtle beach, which was also really good. When you get to the beach, you can arrange a transfer back to the info desk on a boat for about 80 ringgit for 2 persons - it’s pretty expensive, but really fun though, the views from the water are spectacular. They make a stop on a monkey beach also, so you can spend a couple of hours there, or take a walk to a lighthouse up in the jungle. Be prepared to spend at least 3 hours there, take some water and snacks with you, but please, don’t litter :)
  • Penang national park is gorgeous and a precious portal for experiencing Malaysia's nature. I went with 2 friends on Tuesday 29, wanting to hike to monkey beach, onwards to the lighthouse, and then back to the national park office via the canopy walk. However, on arrival in the morning, office staff told us that the trail to monkey beach was closed due to landslide damage. I was a bit disappointed but we decided to do the other hike, to the turtle sanctuary. It's a short hike, about 90 minutes one way. The trail is well marked and leads you to a beautiful and inviting beach, which is also has a number of signs asking you not to swim because of the jelly fish. The turtle sanctuary has some interesting information but the turtles look a bit sad and cramped in their conditions. On hiking back to the national park office, we plenty of time to take a boat to monkey beach, and from there hike to the lighthouse. It was an excellent day in the park and precious to see the nature, including monkeys, big lizards, and lots of butterflies
  • Beautiful national park. Free entry (just registration required). Close to the entrance there is a concrete walkway, but deeper in the jungle you only go on natural ways, between trees. Surrounded by jungle sounds. At the time of my visit (April 2018), the canopy walkway was broken and foot access to Monkey Beach was restricted due to some natural damage, so the only way was to turtle beach (there is a shelter and restrooms).
  • Nice location around ocean, easy to get to. And it is free to enter. Very peaceful setting. However, needs lot of maintenance work done ( initial path was great, after 10 mins then path became impossible to walk and beach needs clean up as well. Such a shame really, would of loved to walk all the way to turtle beach.
  • Had an amazing time here! We trekked through a real jungle setting to turtle beach, then took a boat to monkey beach and after hanging out and having lunch there we took another boat back to the entrance. Only worth it though if you are fine trekking on a not very well maintained path. You should at least be of average fitness and I would highly discourage doing this after rain, as the path would be very slippery. The walk to turtle beach was ca. 90min, with the first 20min being a steep uphill battle. The path has seen it's best days, but personally I think that made it more fun. The path to monkey beach is officially closed, but people working on monkey beach said the landslide was years ago and that it's fully walkable. We prebooked the boats for 80 ringgit at the entrance, but you can also get them at the beaches without prior booking.
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